Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Own Paperwork

Author: Daniel Briere | | Categories: Immigrate To Canada , Immigration , Immigration Consultant

Blog by Briere Immigration Services Ltd.

For most people seeking immigration, the process involves accurate interpretation of the requirements and error-free submission of paperwork. Unfortunately, the chances of being rejected are much higher due to avoidable mistakes made by applicants unaware of the right procedures, which makes working with a professional very important.

However, for those people who would like to take the chance and try taking on the immigration process, Briere Immigration Law Services Ltd. is here to help. We want to help you submit an error-free application so that you stand the best chance of approval, and to do this, we have put together a list of the most common mistakes people make when filing their own paperwork and how to avoid making them. 

1. Not covering the basics 
Every year, many people get started with the immigration process without bothering to do their necessary research. This causes them to make a number of mistakes, such as not signing the forms, submitting the wrong form version, not dating the forms, providing old documents, providing incorrect police certificates, sending the application to the wrong place, etc. When you are ready to submit the application, remember to include all the right information and necessary supporting evidence. It’s a good idea to have a checklist specific to your situation so that you don’t miss out on anything. 

2. Providing poorly translated documents
Many people provide poorly translated documents with an improper affidavit from the translator or forget to send an authorized copy of the original. It is necessary for all supporting evidence to be in English. These translations then need to be certified with a proper affidavit from the translator, or you need to submit an authorized copy of the original document. Not getting your documents translated or providing improper translations without certification can delay your application by a lot. 

3. Missing the details 
People who aren’t aware of the entire process also tend to make critical errors such as misspelling names, lacking support documents, incorrect photo size, old photos, incorrect marriage certificate, improper format of employer letter, etc. Simple mistakes like this could cause your entire package to be rejected by immigration and returned to you. It is essential to include all the necessary documents and details to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. 

4. Missing deadlines
Once you start the application process, the clock starts ticking with several important deadlines that you need to be aware of. Often the IRCC will give thirty, sixty, or ninety days to submit a critical piece of information or respond to an inquiry, but many applicants miss the deadline. The government takes these deadlines very seriously, and failure to abide by them will lead the government to assume that you do not want to become a lawful citizen of the place. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the deadlines to avoid missing them.

5. Limiting relationship proof 
In the case of spousal sponsorship, limiting the relationship proof provided to IRCC to the minimum is not a smart idea. For validating the spousal relationship claim, it is vital to make the case as compelling as possible. The officers should be satisfied that a genuine relationship exists. Provide all necessary documents for them to assess the relationship to establish proof it is genuine and not entered into for immigration purposes. If they aren’t satisfied with the proof, they can refuse your application. 

6. Omitting material facts 
Some people think it is all right to omit certain facts that could render them inadmissible to Canada. This is a really bad idea because some people may be barred to come to Canada for many years as a result, and even then, it may require special intervention to make this possible. Make sure that you have all of your dates, locations, criminal records and other important items handy while filling out the application. Honesty is the best policy, always be truthful.

To avoid these and other mistakes, reach out to the experts at Briere Immigration Law Services Ltd. I work with integrity, and as an individual, what sets me apart from the others is that I hold myself accountable. I also attribute my success to being available for my clients and doing what I say I will do. My persistence has enabled me to help many people reach their Canadian immigration dream. I offer services such as sponsorship applications, economic immigration (like Express Entry), Appeals, temporary work, and study permits. I provide my services to clients across Canada and Alberta, including Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Airdrie, Brooks, Canmore, Edmonton, and the rest of the world.

For a complete list of my services, please click here. If you have any questions about immigration law, I would love to hear from you. Please contact me here.